Everyone loves a deal. Why pay more when you can get the same for less? But in all reality most of the time, you pay for what you get. Especially when it comes to fashion.
Sure, cheap-chic fashion chain giants like Forever21, H&M and Zara mass produce runway knockoffs about as fast as a drive-thru can spit out a burger. But really, how tasty is that burger compared to one that’s made using fresh, quality ingredients? Fashion has the same principles. Handmade items and fashions made using luxe, quality fabrics make all the difference in your clothing. And yes, the results are definitely noticeable.
One of this season’s hottest fall 2011 fashion trends is lace. From Jason Wu and Stella McCartney to Lanvin, designers had a definite love affair with lace this season. Like any hot trend, it’s trickled down into mass production and you can find lace incorporated into budget-friendly fashion items like tops, skirts and dresses too.
But what kind of lace are these cheap-chic fashion chains using exactly? Anyone who shops at fast-fashion retail chains knows the quality of the fabric and trimmings is compromised. Therein lies the ability for retailers to sell the product at such low prices. But it also means the texture and feel of the fabric isn’t the same as their luxury counterparts, and neither is the longevity. In fact, you’ll often hear complaints that with “one wash” the item of clothing completely fell apart. Just like the difference between an ordinary cook and a five-star chef, a lot of the mastery lies in the quality of the ingredients used. And when it comes to producing high quality clothing, using top-of-the-line fabrics and trimmings is what results in true beauty.
If you’re looking to showcase one of this season’s hottest fashion trends, create a top, dress or skirt with some quality Venise lace. Venise lace is often used in luxurious, high quality fashions like bridal gowns because of its delicate nature. It is a fine needlepoint lace and has no net background, resulting in an elegant design.
You can find some quality Venise lace and shiffli embroidery at Touch of Lace, the largest manufacturer of Venise lace in the U.S. Touch of Lace produces more than 50,000 designs, available in both black and white. If you have something else in mind, you can always dye the lace to suit your needs. And, feel free to get creative with your work! Many designers are also showcasing accessories that incorporate lace such as shoes and purses too.
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